Posted by rayrick on May 28, 1999 at 12:50:55:
It ain’t pretty, but it does work, at least for me. I have two lines, home and biz. I only have one phone line connection to my computer and I want it to do two things- let me use my home line to connect to the internet (don’t want a business line charge every time I log on) AND receive my business related messages. So I have an A/B switch I bought at radio shack attached to the line: A goes to home line, B goes to biz. All day I leave it on B so my computer is answering my biz messages, and when I want to log on, I switch it to A so it uses my home line for my internet hookup.
Now, here’s how I avoid missing any calls: my home line has phone company voice mail, so people get a message when I’m logged on. I didn’t want to pay for that for my biz line, since it’s more $, so I’ve got a splitter at the wall jack for my biz line so it goes to a regular phone AND my computer. So, when I’m logged on (using my A line) and my computer is not prepared to receive business messages, I simply answer the business phone if it rings. Got all that?
The trick is remembering to switch my phone back to B when I log off. Otherwise all my friends are greeted with “Hi. Thank you for calling Creative Property Solutions…” :^)